Volunteering at the Swedish Edmonds Campus
Our volunteers are the heart of Swedish Edmonds campus. Whether you are volunteering to explore an interest in the medical field, brush up on your work skills, keep active after retirement or take a break from a fast-paced career, volunteering at Swedish Edmonds is a great choice.
Opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Cancer resource center
- Clinics (Birth & Family and Swedish Internal Medicine at Edmonds)
- Emergency room
- Employee health department
- Flower delivery
- Gift shops
- Human resources
- Information desks
- Infusion room
- Patient care areas
- Swedish Edmonds Therapy Pups
- Surgery waiting area
For young people interested in volunteering at Swedish Edmonds campus, we have our junior volunteer program. As a junior volunteer, you will be able to assist in the care and comfort of patients at the hospital, as well as learn about and experience possible careers in the health-care field. In addition to the experiences you will gain, you will also be able to meet new people and make new friends. If your school has a community service requirement, the junior volunteer program at Swedish Edmonds can help you fulfill that.
Participants in our junior volunteer program have the opportunity to work in admitting, at information desks, in the Gift Shop, in patient care areas or in the emergency department.
In order to participate, volunteers must be at least 14 years old and able to commit to at least one 4-hour shift each week for a quarter. Once prospective volunteers complete the required paperwork they will be asked to participate in an interview with the volunteer services staff.
If you have questions, call the Volunteer Services office at 425-640-4341, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It's a well known fact that animals can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote healing. The Swedish Edmonds Therapy Pups (STP) program began in early 2008 and now you can see the pups visiting with patients online via a doggy cam.
Watch videos of pet therapy visits on our YouTube channel. Animal-assisted therapy brings smiles and makes a difference in the lives of patients.
All animal therapy teams at Swedish Edmonds undergo a therapy dog training course and are required to pass an in-depth evaluation by a recognized therapy animal organization. The preparation classes typically cover the following topics:
- Identifying Stress
- Learning commands for use in the therapy setting
- Practicing around healthcare equipment
- Working with patients
- Approaching patients who may not be feeling well or who are not receptive to a dog visit
- Outlining the specific responsibilities of a handler
- Addressing common staff concerns regarding visiting animal programs
- Learning about infection control